Date of Issue : 28 January 2014
Malta Post will release a stamp in a joint issue with Israel on 28 January 2014. The subject of the stamp features, “The Knights Hospitaller Halls” as a theme common to both countries.
The two countries share a common connection as, at some stage, the Sovereign Military Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta (SMOM) occupied both. Today relations between the two countries and their people continue to flourish in the areas of trade, technology, science, energy, culture and tourism.
These stamps feature the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta and the Knight’s Hall in Acre, Israel.The Mediterranean Conference Centre was formerly known as the Sacra Infermeria of the Order. It was constructed as a hospital in the late 16th century by the Order. The halls of the Sacra Infermeria were lined with hundreds of beds for the sick and the injured who were treated with the utmost care and attention.
The Knights’ Halls in Acre built by the Hospitallers, were unearthed in archaeological excavations and have become a popular tourist site. The most impressive building in the complex is the Order of the Knights Hospitallers’ dining room. Its domes and arches intersect in the gothic style that developed in France and Italy in the 12th century and also appeared in Acre during that period. In 1291 the Muslims conquered Acre, and the halls were destroyed.
The stamp was designed by Ronen Goldberg of Israel and will be issued in sheets of 6 stamps in ‘tête-bêche’ format.The Malta stamps bear the Maltese Crosses watermark.
District Level Philatelic Exhibition - JAMPEX 2014 organized by India Post will be held at Jamnagar from 15 -16 Mar 2014. This is second District Level Exhibition to be held at Jamnagar. The logo of the exhibition is Clock Tower.
New Special Cover
During 'NanjilPex 2014' the district level philatelic Exhibition held at Nagercoil, a Special Cover was issued to mark the Golden Jubilee of Nesamony Memorial Christian College, Marthandam on 8th January, 2014.
Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest